Dexter Lumis made a name for himself in Triple H’s NXT. The 38-year-old was involved in some of the most entertaining segments in the black and gold brand’s history. Unfortunately, WWE had no plans for Lumis going forward and released him from his contract Friday, April 29th.

Lumis took to Twitter to reveal that he is back as Samuel Shaw, the name he used prior to signing with WWE. He posted a video of him watching a portrait of Vince McMahon sitting on a bench press machine. The clip ends with Lumis facing the camera to do his signature thumbs up.


On NXT 2.0, Lumis was the husband of Indi Hartwell. The duo were involved in a friendly yet competitive rivalry with Persia Pirotta and Duke Hudson. Pirotta was also released from her NXT contract Friday. For his final NXT 2.0 match, Lumis teamed up with Hudson against NXT Tag Team Champions Pretty Deadly.

Lumis has to wait until 30 days before he could sign up with another promotion. The Dexter Lumis character was tons of fun and made Lumis a regular on NXT and NXT 2.0. We’ll have to wait and see what’s next for him.

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Manik Aftab

Manik Aftab is a news writer at Ringside News. He has been an avid fan of professional wrestling since 2000. His earliest memories of pro wrestling involved The Rock taking on The McMahon-Helmsley faction in 2000. Outside of his writing responsibilities, Manik is a fan of fiction, thrillers, comics, manga and anime. He’s an occasional journalist and likes to spend his free time watching movies and reading stuff about politics, science, medicine, etc. Manik also enjoys jogs in the park and workouts in the gym.  Manik is also a big of rock bands including Linkin Park, Breaking Benjamin, Metallica, Drowning Pool, Breaking Point, and Skillet. His current favorite wrestler is Kazuchika Okada and his favorite wrestler of all time is The Rock.

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